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Turn Your DNC Dollars to "Reel" Grassroots Support

Filed By Guest Blogger | June 25, 2009 1:30 PM | comments

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Editor's Note: Guest bloggers Erin Mara and Henriette Fourcade are the owners of Homebody, outfitters of contemporary living located on Capitol Hill.

Joe Biden's shindig for the DNC is blacklisted, but you can still make a difference for the LGBT community. Redirect your dollars to support one of our strongest face-making assets, Reel Affirmations: The Nation's LGBT Film Festival.

This Saturday, June 27th at 7 p.m., we are inviting everyone who would have gone to see the Vice President this week to come to Homebody (715 8th St., SE on Capitol Hill) and make their dollars work for the LGBT community. In fact, we even will print a receipt that you can send to the DNC letting them know how much you gave to Reel Affirmations instead of them.

For nearly 20 years, the films at Reel Affirmations have shown Washington area residents, (including the folks on the Hill) the compelling stories that make up our community. As one of the top overall film festivals in the region, Reel Affirmations is possibly the best PR tool in our collective arsenal because we can get our points across in the safe-zone of the movie theater.

Think about it. Last year alone, Reel Affirmations screened films about gay adoption, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, youth violence, bi-national relationships, elderly gays and lesbians, the struggles of transgender people in Iran, and anti-gay marriage sentiment.

Without the community forum where we can tell our stories, would we as an LGBT community have even this much public and lawmaker support of our issues, like the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and passing comprehensive Employment Non-Discrimination and Hate Crimes legislation?

One of the beauties of Reel Affirmations is that it puts a face to the legislative struggle of our community. The festival's documentary programming, arguably the most compelling of any LGBT festival in the country, shows the people behind the bills, the lobbying and the political grand-standing.

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For 19 years, Reel Affirmations, produced by One In Ten, Inc., has played a big role in showcasing the art that reflects our community. But this economy has been tough for the grassroots organizations that keep the LGBT community strong. Reel Affirmations could disappear without dedicated support ~ now.

In the coming months, Homebody and several other DC businesses, including Metro Weekly, will be reinventing how we support the institutions that represent our community, in all its diversity to the world.

We want to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artists and allies continue to have a space to showcase their work. In keeping with this, we'll have live music by DC-based national recording artist Laura Tsaggaris. We will also donate 10% of that night's sales to Reel Affirmations.

So, forget the DNC. This Saturday, come out to an event that will really support the LGBT community.


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